It was soft ground when SHOEGAZER won this last year and fourth The Disengager and fifth Life of The Luso weren't far behind. David Pipe's charge comes out best at the weights again, however, and looks to have primed for a repeat after a recent run here over hurdles. Twirling Magnet made the well-handicapped Pantxoa battle hard for victory at Ffos Las but is 7lb higher now and just as interesting is Billie Magern. Toubab stopped quickly last time while Kian's Delight steps out of novice company, though probably has more scope than Royale's Charter and Buck Mulligan.
The Disengager (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders in 2nd, led 5 out, mistake 3 out and soon headed, no extra and weakened before next, eased, completely tailed off, 20th of 22, well behind Carlingford Lough (10-7) at Galway 2m 6f hcp chs sft in Jul.
Shoegazer (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Held up in mid-division, headway approaching 9th, went 3rd 2 out, no extra flat, 6th of 14, 9l behind Sheriff Hutton (11-0) at Newton Abbot 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gf.
Twirling Magnet (IRE) 4-1 (11-4) Mid-division, headway 5 out, went 2nd 3 out, switched inside between last 2, every chance last, ridden and held flat, 2nd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Pantxoa (10-6) at Ffos Las 3m 1f hcp chs (2) gd.
Billie Magern 5-1 (11-12) Led, went right and driven 4 out, headed soon after, chased leader until weakened next, mistake 2 out, 4th of 6, 20l behind Wiesentraum (10-7) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp chs (2) gd.
Bobowen (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders and 6th halfway, losing place when mistake 4 out, soon no extra and weakened, behind when pulled up after 3 out, in a race won by Carlingford Lough (10-7) at Galway 2m 6f hcp chs sft in Jul, 22 ran.
Toubab (FR) 8-1 (11-7) In touch, dropped to rear 9th, ridden 4 out, rallied approaching last, kept on flat, 4th of 7, 8l behind My Brother Sylvest (10-8) at Ffos Las 2m hcp chs (2) gd.
Royale's Charter 16-1 (10-8) Towards rear, weakened before 4 out, 14th of 16, 44l behind Bobowen (10-6) at Market Rasen 2m 6f listed hcp chs (1) gf in Jul.
Life Of A Luso (IRE) 50-1 (10-7) Held up in rear, not fluent 1st, struggling when not fluent 13th, tailed off, 14th of 18, well behind Storm Survivor (10-1) at Uttoxeter 3m 2f lstd hcp chs (1) gd in Jun.
Kian's Delight 6-5fav (11-5) Tracked leaders in 3rd, led 10th, clear from 3 out, easily, won at Perth 2m 4f nov chs (4) gf in Jul beating Agricultural (10-12) by 11l, 5 ran.
Buck Mulligan 16-1 (11-0) Held up in last pair, outpaced 4 out, weakened 2 out, 7th of 9, 29l behind Pantxoa (10-6) at Ffos Las 3m 1f hcp chs (2) gd.
Rob Conti (FR) 9-4 (10-12) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, went 2nd 7th, ridden and every chance 2 out, stayed on, 2nd of 5, 3/4l behind Kilbree Kid (11-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gf.